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15th New York Artillery Heavy

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15th New York Artillery Heavy Soldier Roster - Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York For the Year 1893, Volume 14     View the Entire Book

Regimental History
Fifteenth New York Artillery (Heavy). — Cols., Louis Schirmer, Michael Weidrich; Lieut.-Cols., Michael Weidrich, Louis Eiche; Majs., Emil Duysing, William D. Dickey, Leander Shamberger, Louis Eiche, Calvin Shaffer, Julius Dieckman. This fine German regiment was organized at New York city, the members being principally recruited in the counties of New York, Orange, and Sullivan. The 3d battalion of artillery, recruited in New York city in 1861, and which had been performing garrison duty in the defenses of Washington, was transferred to the 15th as Cos. A, B, C, D and E on Sept. 30, 1863; on June 23, 1863, a company enlisted for the 12th N. Y. artillery was assigned to the regiment as Co. F; and Oct. 14, 1863, the 2nd and 34th batteries were likewise transferred to it. The companies were mustered into the U. S. service for three years as follows: A, B, C, D and E at New York city, between Oct. 14 and Dec. 19, 1861; and the remaining companies from Aug. 27, 1863, to Jan. 30, 1864. The original members of Co. A to E were mustered out on the expiration of their term of enlistment and the remainder of the regiment continued in service. When assigned to the regiment, Cos. A to E were on duty at Fort Lyon, Va., and the other companies joined them there as soon as organized. The regiment performed garrison duty until March, 1864, when it joined the Army of the Potomac at the front, where it was assigned to the 5th corps, to which it was attached throughout the remainder of the war, most of the time assigned to Ayres' (2nd) division. The regiment took part in the engagements of the Wilderness, Spottsylvania, the North Anna, Totopotomy, Cold Harbor, White Oak swamp, first assault on Petersburg, Weldon railroad, Poplar Grove Church, Hicksford raid, Hatcher's run, and the Appomattox campaign, including actions at Five Forks, the fall of Petersburg and Appomattox Court House. Throughout this series of battles it was conspicuous for its steadiness and bravery, and sustained severe losses. At Spottsylvania its casualties were 160 in killed, wounded and missing, among the mortally wounded being the gallant Maj. Shamberger. In the assault on the works of Petersburg in June, 1864, it lost 85 killed and wounded; at the Weldon railroad, 14 killed, 75 wounded and 5 missing; at White Oak road, 18 killed, 81 wounded and 11 missing, among the mortally wounded being Maj. Duysing. The regiment also lost heavily in the trenches before Petersburg from the constant and deadly firing which prevailed there, having 83 men killed, wounded and missing from this source. It lost by death during service 8 officers and 148 men, killed and mortally wounded; 5 officers and 225 men died of disease and other causes, a total of 13 officers and 373 men, of whom 63 men died in the hands of the enemy. A number of men were accidentally killed by the explosion of a magazine at Fort Lyon, Va., June 9, 1863. Under the command of Maj. Dieckman, the regiment was mustered out at Washington, D. C, Aug. 22, 1865.

Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing Company, 1908 - Volume 2

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